Yesterday I took my daughter Samantha to the airport for her flight back to Arizona. She's doing an exchange year in Tucson. It took me three hours to get to Heathrow, compared with the twelve hours that it took when I fetched her from the airport in the snow in December. Quite an improvement! Still tiring, though, so I decided to make something simple and quick just to relax myself and decided on a ribbon quilted baby quilt.
Ribbon quilting can really add something extra to your quilt - particularly a baby quilt and it's very easy to sew.
Lay the backing fabric right side down. Of course another advantage of a small quilt like this is that you can cut the backing fabric from one width of fabric so there is no piecing to do. Smooth gently and lay the wadding on top. Smooth gently and lay the quilt top with right side up. Pin or baste the layers together.
Mark a line from corner to corner along the second diagonal and mark parallel lines at 6" intervals either side to make a cross hatch design.
For this baby quilt tutorial I used 6" gaps between the ribbons, but you may prefer to have the ribbons closer together.
I have used alternate lines of white ribbon and then pink gingham ribbon, but you may prefer to use only one colour - or lots more colours!
When you have sewn ribbon along all the marked lines, trim the excess wadding and backing fabric and bind the baby quilt.
This is a really easy method of quilting. I'm sure that it was made easier in this case because I used a square of one fabric so there were no seams to sew over, but sewing along the ribbon rather than the quilt fabric means that you are less likely to get any puckering of the fabric.
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